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Great Lakes Curriculum Units developed by 2004 Institute
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This Institute is designed
to teach educators about the physical, chemical, and biological
components of the Great Lakes ecosystem, using Lake Superior as
This one-week course
is designed to enhance the ability of educators to teach about Great
Lakes ecology, stewardship and environmental careers. Mathematics;
life, earth and physical sciences; technology; and social studies
content standards will be woven into the experience. Participants
will engage in hands-on data collection and analysis, field trips,
lab experiences, and discussions with research scientists.
Participants will take
several day-trips on Lake Superior and inland lakes aboard Michigan
Tech’s research vessel, Agassiz, to sample water chemistry,
zooplankton, phytoplankton, sediment, and benthic organisms.
Participants will discover
how toxins move between the water and air, study the impact of aquatic
exotics on the Great Lakes, sample frogs as bioindicators of environmental
health, and learn how remote sensing is used to gather information
about large lakes.
R/V Lake Guardian